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I’ve posted a few questions about Hyatt but per request of one of the members here is my survey and maybe someone has some suggestions I am not aware of. Thanks!


1) Is there a vacation destination you wish to visit most of the time or on a regular basis? if so where?

Lake Tahoe. Added bonus is Hawai’i. And weekends in San Francisco - last minute on those as im Nearby. Based on my travel frequency it’s possible I would need two timeshare weeks. I’m heavily leaning towards Hyatt high Sierra tahoe summer platinum as my main and maybe two weeks depending on price. Comments/ideas welcome.

essentially I’ve done the math and it makes zero sense under any circumstances to buy a condo outright in Tahoe so I am looking for different options. A timeshare seems to get me where I want but obviously there are intricacies if it - thus tug.

2) Do you want to visit your home resort at least half the time, or do you want to trade more than half the time?

Home resort more than half the time.

3) What are your 5 top trade destinations?

As above in #1

4) How many people do you usually travel with - total, including yourself?
3

5) Can you travel any time, or are you locked into the school schedule?
For now any time but in the future the school schedule. So essentially the school schedule.

6) Can you make firm plans 12 or more mos. in advance?
Sometimes, maybe.

7) Can you vacation for a full week at a time?
Yes. Probably 3 full uninterrupted weeks a year plus losts of 3 day weekends.

8) What level of accommodations do you prefer on a scale of 1 to 5 stars?
4-5

9) How much can you afford to spend upfront, without financing?
10k per unit. 20k for two units is ok.

10) How much can you afford to spend every year for a maintenance fee that will come due right after Christmas, and increase each year?

More than enough. More than what most annual fees are. The only issue is I don’t like throwing money in the trash. So not interested in some obscene maintenance fee that is more than or close to renting.

11) Are you a detail oriented planner?
Depends. Wil spend lots of time usually successfully getting good deals at hotels.

12) Do you understand that once you buy a timeshare, it may be very difficult to sell or give away, and you are responsible for all fees, until you do?

Yes. I have tried to address this is my other posts. Ideally I would buy something that number 12 does not apply to. My top choice now is Hyatt high Sierra incline village In the summer/platinum. I have heard in theory this should be easy to get rid of.
 
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Hi Josh,

I have seen your posts on the Hyatt subform. You are asking all the right questions.

Here's one angle that I don't know that you have considered. If there are just 3 of you for traveling, Hyatt has incredible value when exchanging for studios @ 430 points. If you pick up a diamond week, that's 5 exchanges into studios, which I would think would cover all your timeshare needs for the year. If you were able to book 4 nights at High Sierra in gold season (early-ish summer) that's 760 points, which leaves you with 3 good exchanges into studios.

Anyways, something to consider.
 

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Hi Josh,

I have seen your posts on the Hyatt subform. You are asking all the right questions.

Here's one angle that I don't know that you have considered. If there are just 3 of you for traveling, Hyatt has incredible value when exchanging for studios @ 430 points. If you pick up a diamond week, that's 5 exchanges into studios, which I would think would cover all your timeshare needs for the year. If you were able to book 4 nights at High Sierra in gold season (early-ish summer) that's 760 points, which leaves you with 3 good exchanges into studios.

Anyways, something to consider.
Sorry, I forgot to specify that that is for interval exchanges.

If you are willing to do 4 night exchanges into studio within Hyatt, it works out really well too (but a good chunk of locations do not have studios).
 

joshposh

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Hi Josh,

I have seen your posts on the Hyatt subform. You are asking all the right questions.

Here's one angle that I don't know that you have considered. If there are just 3 of you for traveling, Hyatt has incredible value when exchanging for studios @ 430 points. If you pick up a diamond week, that's 5 exchanges into studios, which I would think would cover all your timeshare needs for the year. If you were able to book 4 nights at High Sierra in gold season (early-ish summer) that's 760 points, which leaves you with 3 good exchanges into studios.

Anyways, something to consider.
I thought about doing something similar to that. Get a solid platinum summer week as above and then wait for a week 25 gold and try and snag that for like 7-8k. That way it’s a fully usable week if I want it otherwise it could be used as 1800 points as you’ve suggested or even we could stay the 4 day stay in the summer platinum and have enough points left for a Maui and some other cheaper weekends.
 

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I thought about doing something similar to that. Get a solid platinum summer week as above and then wait for a week 25 gold and try and snag that for like 7-8k. That way it’s a fully usable week if I want it otherwise it could be used as 1800 points as you’ve suggested or even we could stay the 4 day stay in the summer platinum and have enough points left for a Maui and some other cheaper weekends.

total points would be 1800+2000=3800
800 - for the summer platinum 4 day in tahoe
2200 for a week in hawaii
400x2 weekend studios

for example
 

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Great discussion! I'm in the same boat except that we have a family of 4 and there is no way I'd buy more than 1 week. The resale pricing is really good but there are a few factors holding me back:

(1) Not sure I want to be locked into a fixed winter week every year. I need to research how difficult it is to trade for summer weeks (probably impossible) or other winter weeks at Lake Tahoe.

(2) Need to research what 1800 points would get me in Hawaii or Aspen. More flexibility there as we may vacation without kids and could accept a studio or 1BR. But can we realistically trade into those properties?

(3) Locked into school schedules for the next 7 years. After that we'll probably buy a retirement home in Tahoe.

(4) Our dog is 1.5 years old and we are very attached to him. Have yet to find a timeshare property in Tahoe that accepts dogs. On this flip side, there isn't much point in bringing him during ski season, so maybe not an issue for winter weeks...

(5) Every year we typically spend $1000+ to stay at the Hyatt next door for a long weekend, which makes the maintenance fees look like a bargain.

(6) Impossible to predict road or snow conditions for any given fixed week, but I suppose that's a given when buying winter weeks in snow country.

(7) Is it easy to rent ski weeks in Tahoe? If all else fails I suppose we could easily donate it to a school auction and take a nice writeoff.
 
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